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April 24, 2010
Sixth-rounder Goethel a sure-tackling LB from ASU

Arizona State linebacker Travis Goethel was the Raiders' sixth-round draft choice, No. 190 overall.

The 6-feet-3, 240-pounder was ranked eighth of 128 inside linebackers by NFLDraftScout.com and he might help the Raiders' run defense, which was 29th in the NFL last season.

Following is the NFLDraftScout.com analysis of his tackling skills: "Strong, secure tackler who brings a load on every play. Lacks the speed to track down ballcarriers before they get to the sideline but somehow wraps up the legs of players with hustle and taking the correct angle. Is always moving toward the ball no matter where the play occurs. Gets leverage to push piles inside to prevent extra yardage. Does not recover from cut blocks well and takes times to get going after contact. Will be eluded in space because of lacking change-of-direction agility."
The Raiders have two picks remaining in the draft, both in the seventh round, at No. 215 and No. 251 overall.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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